From Elephant to Hellcat: The evolution of the HEMI® engine range from 426 to 707

Few badges inspire as much lore as “HEMI®” V8. From its days stuffed inside a Dodge Coronet cruising Main Street in the glory days of the muscle car, the HEMI engine has thrilled generations with its power, torque and signature orange paint. But even though a HEMI engine of some form has been in production since the early ‘50s, its popularity didn’t really take off until 1964, when the 426 was unveiled. 
 

1968 426 HEMI V8 Cutaway 

The 426 HEMI V8 was not borne from the boulevard, it was a product of the…

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From Elephant to Hellcat: The evolution of the HEMI® engine range from 426 to 707

All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 4: Superchargers and HEMI® V8 engines; 1 + 1 = 3

As we marvel at the Dodge SRT® Hellcat HEMI® engine’s status as the world’s most potent regular production V8 offering*, we’re reminded that the history of the automobile has seen the appearance of a nearly countless multitude of engine configurations. Since the dawn of the worldwide auto industry, the liquid cooled, reciprocating, internal combustion engine has been rendered in more distinct configurations than there are breeds of cats, of which there are 39.  
 
Looking back over the past 115 years, car buyers have been offered piston engines with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and even…

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All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 4: Superchargers and HEMI® V8 engines; 1 + 1 = 3

A Spring Fest Roundup of 5.7-Liter HEMI® Engine Cover Artwork

By Steve Magnante

 

Spring-Fest-9

 

 

The ninth annual Spring Festival of LXs is now over, and its 1,200-plus participants are — by now — back to work and getting set for next year’s event. I’m still amazed by the variety of modern Dodge LX-based cars that turned out. We saw 4-door Magnum wagons, 4-door Charger sedans and 2-door Challenger pony cars, most of which packed 5.7-liter HEMI® power beneath their sleek hoods.

 

Here’s the thing about the 5.7-liter HEMI — unless you’re talking about the just-released Shaker hood scoop option for Challengers, the 5.7…

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A Spring Fest Roundup of 5.7-Liter HEMI® Engine Cover Artwork